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Under-freeway parking to stay

But security concerns could lead to other changes. Fear of terrorism won’t eliminate more than 1,000 parking places under or over freeways in downtown Milwaukee, state officials say. But security concerns could lead to other changes for Wisconsin’s bridges, harbors and airports, as state and federal authorities pore over the secret findings of a $400,000 study of the vulnerabilities of key transportation facilities. The issue came to light after questions about whether downtown parking would be the same after the $810 million reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange. Beneath the ramps and bridges that make up the junction of I-94, I-43 and I-794 stand parking lots that used to contain 1,476 parking spaces, now closed during construction, said Brian Manthey, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s interchange team. Adding the still-open lots beneath I-794 brings the total to 4,344 spots, based on 1994 figures, said Andrea Rowe, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Department of City Development. Full Story

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